Joe Hirsch Memorial Writing Award Entries Open

April 5, 2019

Entries for the Joe Hirsch Memorial Writing Award, which recognizes outstanding print and internet coverage of the Belmont Stakes, are being accepted.

Open to any member of the print/digital media who covered the 2018 Belmont Stakes won by Justify, the 10th annual Joe Hirsch Memorial Writing Award is taking entries in two categories: Belmont Stakes feature/advance, and Belmont Stakes wrap-up/follow-up.

Entries must be accompanied by a cover letter, signed by the author, stating the wish to enter the contest. The cover letter must also include contact information, publication information, and the entry category. No entry fee is required. Entries may be in the form of a hard copy, scanned file or website print-out.

Mailed submissions should be sent to Patrick Kobel, Communications Coordinator, The New York Racing Association, Inc., PO Box 90, Jamaica, NY 11417, postmarked no later than Monday, May 6, 2019.

Entries may also be submitted via email to

The award is named in honor of Joe Hirsch, the longtime executive sports columnist for Daily Racing Form who died on Jan. 9, 2009. A native New Yorker, Hirsch was known as the dean of American turf writers. He retired in 2003 after a 50-year career covering racing.

Edited release